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Intensive care provided by local hospitals should be improved

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 13 January 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:120
  1. A Raffles
  1. Consultant paediatrician East Hertfordshire NHS Trust, Queen Elizabeth II Hospital, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire AL7 4HQ

    EDITOR,—Joseph Britto and colleagues give a convincing argument for the further development of retrieval teams for critically ill children.1 But what of the quality of intensive care provided locally? The main interventions performed by the retrieval team were maintaining an airway (57%), ventilation (26%), and obtaining vascular access (86%). These interventions, however, should have been performed …

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